So, maybe you have made the decision to improve your health and wellbeing? Maybe you’ve reduced toxic processed foods in your diet? Moved to a plant based diet or changed your household to green cleaning products? Or maybe you would just like to live a healthier lifestyle.
Whatever changes you have made (or want to make) WELL DONE YOU! Your body and mind will love you for it.
But there is another area you may not have thought about changing… Your skincare! Between serums, moisturisers, make up, hair products, body lotion and sunscreen, the average woman puts 168 chemicals on her body EVERY DAY! Wow, that’s a lot of chemicals to be putting on our body’s largest organ, am I right!?. Especially when 60-70% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our blood steam.
But we get it… Having smooth, glowing skin is something most women are happy to invest both time and money in. And with all the brands and products to choose from, you might be wondering if there is any benefit to natural and organic skin care.
Well, here’s what you need to know. Not only do organic skincare products work, but they work faster and more effectively than a lot of chemical filled products on the market. That is because the synthetic products that work, achieve only short-term results and create long-term damage. For instance, you may try a synthetic product that works really well on your sensitive skin. It recovers and looks great! But then in a few months your skin looks and feels worse than ever. That is because over time the toxins in synthetic products degrade your skin’s protective lipid barrier, making it even unhealthier than before.
Urrghh that’s a lot to take in! And on top that there are so many skincare and beauty brands on the market that use creative marketing to make their products sound like they are “natural” or “organic”. They may be made with a few natural ingredients, but many are made from over 90% synthetic materials.
So, you’re probably wondering with all of this smoke and mirrors how can you tell what is the real deal? You need to a label reader! What you’re looking for are ingredients made from the Earth! Herbal and plant extracts, essential oils and organic ingredients. Remember the higher up the list it is, the more there is of that ingredient in the overall product. That’s why you’ll find that the synthetic products on the market claiming to be “natural” have the natural ingredients right down the bottom of the list, meaning there is only a tiny amount of natural ingredient in the whole formula. Once you start reading, you’ll get the hang of it.
So now you are an ingredient label reader and you know what to look for you’ll be able to pick products that will not only help you look your best, they will also help you feel much better now that you are reducing your overall toxic intake. In addition to the rapid results you will see and feel when you make the move to organic, your new products will help with the anti-aging process because nature provides everything we need to thrive. When it comes to our skin it is the antioxidants and natural components that protect our skin from environmental toxins, repair the daily damage, soothe inflammation and hyper-target specific beauty concerns. This proactive approach helps to erase fine lines and wrinkles and slows the rate at which you lose volume and elasticity. Nature really is amazing!